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Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus: The Perplexing Disparity Between Faith and Practice

Phil Zuckerman, a Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, posted an excellent article recently, which I just had to share. ~ Wicasta The results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveal what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are […]

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The Inhumane Conditions Of Bradley Manning’s Detention

by Glenn Greenwald Salon.com Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any other crime. Despite that, he has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia for five months — and for two months before that in […]

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The War On Christmas – 2010: A Perspective from the Largely Empty Front Lines

The annual (and mythical) “War on Christmas” is being trotted out again this year. But according to Psychology Today, the habitual alarmists are not getting as much traction out of it this year. Excerpts follow; Ours is an era fraught with urgent social problems. Take, for example, acronym/abbreviation* abuse. We live in a society in […]

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Politics And “Dancing With The Stars” or Why Won’t Bristol Palin Go Away?

I never thought I would find myself writing about, of all things, Dancing With The Stars here on The Watch. The only reason I am now is because this season Sarah Palin’s daughter was one of the contestants. I refer to the young lady as “Sarah Palin’s daughter” instead of using her name for a […]

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A Thank You To The American Veteran

If there was ever one day in American discourse in which partisan wrangling should be set aside, it has to be Veterans Day. Sadly, I know there are going to be a lot of people who get up today and wrap themselves in the American flag and contend that those who disagree with them are […]

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Joe Miller Sues Over Spelling As Alaska Write-In Vote Count Continues

Further proof that Tea Party candidates hate democracy and are the enemies of American has just been provided by batshit crazy Alaskan Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, who shocked the country when he unexpectedly received the Republican party’s nomination instead of sitting Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski. Essentially forced out of the Republican party by Tea […]

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How Obama Saved Capitalism and Lost the Midterm Elections

I just read an excellent article by Timothy Egan at the New York Times, discussing how President Obama essentially saved the day and saw his party sent to the showers anyway. It’s a good example of the disconnect that the average American has with cold, hard facts. In the end, what took a bite out […]

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Fear Mongers Deliver Victory For Republicans

A few days after the mid-term elections in the United States, some Americans are beginning to wake up to the reality that there is a day after. It’s like we’re waking up after a night of drunken excess, trying to mollify ourselves that the┬áhideous monster we’re in bed with really is the beautiful princess or […]

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Tea Party Poll Observers Accused Of Intimidation At Early Voting Sites

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Republican poll observers who say they’re trying to root out voter fraud have aggressively approached voters as well as elections officials inside early voting sites, and have questioned established voting law, drawing at least two dozen complaints from voters, Wake County elections officials said. Election officials and campaign watchdog groups said […]

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NPR Receives Bomb Threat Shortly After the Firing of Juan Williams

NPR received a bomb threat Monday, five days after its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams sparked a hugely negative reaction. Sources at the news organization said the threat was received via U.S. mail and was immediately turned over to local police and the FBI. The organization did not publicly disclose the threat or […]

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